Chris Froome will likely target a Tour de France-Vuelta double. "I won't take any big risks like in Duesseldorf, but when I can push, I will push".
In case of victory, Froome will be signing his fourth success from 2013 and closer to the record of five victories held by four riders (Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault, Indurain).
Froome then received a morale boost as he bore down on French challenger Romain Bardet who struggled badly in the time trial's second half.
Britain's Froome now looks nearly certain to stand on the Paris podium in the yellow jersey for the third year in a row after suffering no mishaps on a hot and sweaty 222km ride out of the Alps into Provence.
Astana's Dimitriy Gruzdev and Quick-Step Floors Zdenek Stybar also launched fruitless late lunges before the real battle began.
In theory, it should be a good day for the sprinters with a flat finish, but the lumpy terrain throughout most of the stage could encourage some dare-devils to go on a breakaway, with this the last chance for one to succeed all the way to the finish.
Boasson Hagen won a stage at the Tour for the third time overall but it was his win since 2011.
The Tour ends Sunday with a 103km ride from Montegron to the traditional finish in Paris on the Champs-Elysees.
Team Dimension Data's Boasson Hagen was denied by just six millimetres - or 0.0003 seconds - when Marcel Kittel won stage seven to Nuits-Saint-Georges in the first week of the Tour.
"Obviously it was so close coming into this time trial".
Though Froome has seen his advantage cut slightly, the main goal was to retain yellow on the final summit finish of this year's Tour.
On retaining the yellow jersey on Saturday, he said: It's an awesome feeling to finish that off now.
By beating Froome in a final sprint to finish third at the top of the Izoard, placing behind Barguil and Atapuma, Bardet clawed back four valuable bonus seconds.
Chris Froome all but clinched his fourth Tour de France title after finishing third on the penultimate stage of the race, an individual time trial in Marseille. He said he woke up feeling poorly last Saturday, "and I paid for it, in cash".
After riding hard into the climb, I was in no fit state to follow them and had to sit and watch as the Sky guys let the wheels go and they went across.
"I didn't think it would come down to this TT in Marseille", Froome said.
"I'm happy that I went through the Alps without any major problem", the 32-year-old Froome said.
There more British success in the shape of Simon Yates, who cemented his lead in the white jersey competition for the best young rider.
"Bardet should work on his time trial", he added, being more specific when he said that the Frenchman had a bad position on his bike.
La sorpresa ha lasciato di stucco Kessie , che ha chiesto chiarimenti ed ottenuto di giocare con il suo numero di maglia, il 19. Oporto? La cosa più eclatante, ma in realtà è solo la goccia finale: già prima c'erano state altre situazioni.
And you nearly kind of see the finish line", Spieth said . "It definitely helped, it kept me positive", McIlroy said. When talking about a player of McIlroy's quality, there is reason to believe that he can go all the way once again.
If Rory McIlroy's best is as good as it gets, his worst is just about ugly as it comes. "Come on, Poults!' I mean, that's nice". After missing his par, Casey went on to drop another shot at the next hole when he skirted a short putt past the hole.
L'impressione è che il britannico abbia imboccato la parabola discendente e che il sostegno del team Sky sia stato decisivo. La diciannovesima tappa scatterà da Embrun e in 222,5 km, attraverserà la Provenza fino a Salon-de-Provence.
This course has a lot of crosswinds, so it's tough to judge how far the ball is going to fly depending on what shot you play. Open champion was in form coming into the tournament, after winning the Travelers Championship in his last outing.
Numeri incredibili, al limite dell'inverosimile: sono quelle che il PSG sarebbe pronto ad investire per portare Neymar a Parigi . Ma che potrebbe non bastare, davanti all'offerta monstre che i parigini sottoporrebbero al brasiliano .
And she and Arizona Republican John McCain have a bill to bring greater transparency to prescription drug pricing. The news forced Senate GOP to delay a vote on their healthcare plan, slated for this week, to the next.
He hit 7-iron to 2 feet for another birdie, and followed that with a lovely pitch to tap-in range for par on the 13th. But he grabbed most of the opportunities that opened up, rode a few mistakes and at the end had edged out in front.
All good, though, as Day got to spend more time with his family, including son, Dash, who turned 5 years old on July 10. After missing his par, Casey went on to drop another shot at the next hole when he skirted a short putt past the hole.
Clashes also broke out between demonstrators and Israeli soldiers after the Friday prayers on the West Bank and East Jerusalem . They refused to enter, preferring to pray outside, in some cases filling the narrow alleyways of the Old City's Muslim quarter.
Some Texan Republican leaders are now pressuring for a possible change in speakership because Straus won't support the bill. Patrick used must-pass legislation that was vital to keeping a few government agencies operating as a tool to get Mr.
He had previously been under consideration for another post at the White House before Trump took office. They said McMaster is frustrated by continuing debate about sending more USA forces to Afghanistan.
Westworld Season 2 Trailer Promises A Host-Human War
Suddenly Will experiences a vision of the arcade they are in as part of the show's dark alternative world, the "Upside Down". A new trailer for the series was released in this year's San Diego Comic-Con, much to the delight of fans.
Spieth and Koepka set the Open standard
So I've gotten a lot of practise on the course . "It definitely helped, it kept me positive", McIlroy said. Koepka will be well-rested too , having not played since his breakthrough triumph at Erin Hills.
Spieth surges ahead as McIlroy makes move at Open
Kuchar will play alongside Spieth in the final round and says he needs to avoid playing match play with his Ryder Cup team-mate. More than four hours earlier, Grace had tapped in for par on the same hole blissfully unaware of what he had just achieved.
Harmanpreet Kaur Leads Indian Women Cricket Team To WWC Final
We really have to work on our planning and strategy because England have also peaked after being defeated by us in the first game. Mithali Raj's side is on the brink of history as they take on England in the final of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 .
Trio lead American British Open charge
Matt Kuchar (-8) - For the second straight year, the Open Championship appears to be a two-man race. Tied with Stenson and Johnson are Chan Kim and Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who each shot three-under 67s.
Spieth keeps lead; Grace shoots 62 to set new record
Conditions were ripe for scoring Saturday, highlighted by Branden Grace shooting the first 62 in major championship history. Spieth's rival for superstar status in the absence of Woods, Rory McIlroy , is two under after a ragged 69.
Jordan Spieth seeking improvement despite two-shot lead
He conducts himself really well, handles press conferences impeccably and also has one of the most active minds in his game. He's led going into Sunday in five majors, and he's won with the Sunday lead in eight of 13 tournaments overall.
Froome takes another step toward Tour de France crown
He backed it up with wins in 2015 and 2016, and, assuming all goes to plan in the Paris stage on Sunday, 2017 too. Froome will not have his lead attacked on Sunday's ceremonial final stage into Paris on the Champs-Elysees.
Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open
The heavy rain forecast for Friday was limited but showers started falling in the afternoon and continued into the early evening. There were lots of blue numbers on the scoreboard Friday, bogeys (blue) and double bogeys (dark blue) everywhere you looked.